Detroit Lions defensive end George Johnson (93) fires up the fans against the Minnesota Vikings during an NFL football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)
Rick Osentoski
April 13, 2015

DETROIT (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Detroit Lions have disputed Tampa Bay's offer sheet to restricted free agent defensive end George Johnson.

The person confirmed Detroit's objection on condition of anonymity Monday because the NFL is not commenting on the matter. The 27-year-old Johnson is coming off a productive season as a backup for the Lions. He had six sacks, the third-most on the team.

According to the collective bargaining agreement, a dispute over an offer sheet is to be resolved by an arbitrator, who identifies what terms would have to be matched by the player's current team.

Johnson played for Tampa Bay in 2011 and 2012, and he also played for Minnesota in late 2012. The Lions signed him a year ago.

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